Spiritual Practice

Grief and Graces: a sacred space for weary souls with Keri Olsen Paget

In this time of collective loss and upheaval, Rev. Keri Olsen offers an online gathering, “Grief and Graces, a sacred space for weary souls.” Meeting on the second and fourth Sundays of the month, come for a time of reflection, to name the challenges and gifts of this time, listen for God’s invitation, and close with prayer. It is a drop-in group, as needed. All are welcome, invite a friend. To participate, go to:
www.santamonicaumc.org/grief-graces-registration
Second Sundays of the month, 4 p.m., via Zoom or Phone In


Intercessory Prayer Group & Prayer Chain

“The practice of intercessory prayer is described as the most powerful way to heal divisions between people, an essential ingredient in community. Through intercession we see the other’s offensiveness through new eyes, because ‘…everything in him that repels us falls away, we see him in all his destitution and need. His need and his sin become so heavy and oppressive that we feel them as our own, and we can do nothing else but pray.’ Within community, intercession is every Christina’s responsibility and privilege…” – LONGING FOR SPRING by Elaine Heath & Scott Kisker
The Intercessory Prayer Group meets on two Mondays of each month off campus.
The Prayer Chain is a larger network of persons who pray in response to those who request prayers.
If you wish to be a part of the prayer group/prayer chain or request a prayer, please go to the Prayer Request page and fill out the contact form at the bottom of the page.


Bible Study

Check out the online Bible study groups available to you such as Parables of Jesus and Men’s Breakfast/Bible Study


Labyrinth

The Labyrinth laid in the Simkins Hall floor of First UMC Santa Monica is a replica of the Chartres Labyrinth laid in the cathedral around 1220 CE. Walking the Labyrinth is an ancient spiritual practice, a way to quiet our minds and open our spirits to the presence of the Holy. Every step a prayer.

Sign up for the Labyrinth eNewsletter for labyrinth updates & events or like the Labyrinth Santa Monica Facebook page. Click here to walk the Virtual First UMC Labyrinth.


Daily Devotional Practice – A way to connect regularly with God during the week!

Published by the United Methodist, The Upper Room offers excellent daily readings based on a verse from the Bible, a prayer and a thought for the day. It is available in a bi-monthly format online.  The booklet is available at the Sunday Hospitality Table and in the church office.

You may also sign up to receive daily devotionals from First UMC of Santa Monica during Advent and Lent.